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Climax Announces 'Robot Wars 2' For Xbox & PC

by Rainier on April 19, 2002 @ 6:28 p.m. PDT

Following the success of its acclaimed versions of Robot Wars on PlayStation 2 and PC CD-ROM, Climax is pleased to announce the development of heavy metal successor Robot Wars 2. To be published on XBox and PC formats by BBC Multimedia for Christmas 2002, this all-action sequel is set to deliver a whole new bot battling experience.
Work on Robot Wars 2 is currently underway at the Fareham-based studio of Climax. One of the world’s leading interactive software development companies, Climax was previously responsible for coding the acclaimed Playstation 2 and PC editions of the original Robot Wars. The games have been a huge success, selling 250,000 units in 2001 across PC, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy – demonstrating the popularity of cross platform development.

Since its launch in the early ’90s the Robot Wars TV series has grown from cult status to become a massive worldwide phenomenon, with the BBC show now attracting an audience of around four million viewers. Taking its cue from the latest series, Robot Wars 2 cranks up the action with new events, new robots, and a wide range of new game features.

“We’re delighted to be working with BBC Multimedia on this prestigious licence once again,” says Karl Jeffrey, President of Climax. “The TV series continues to go from strength to strength, and the most recent Robot Wars Extreme series delivers the most exciting battles yet. With the Robot Wars 2 game we’re able to utilise the new show format to give gamers battles that are more addictive, intense and brutal than ever before.”

Details about the graphical and gameplay enhancements to be found in Robot Wars 2 are still under wraps, but Climax confirms that fans can expect a lavish 3D action game, with an exclusive XBox and PC design making it the most advanced Robot Wars title yet. A new range of robots and arenas will feature, with a two-player split-screen mode for enhanced multiplayer gaming.

“Climax did an excellent job with the first Robot Wars games,” comments Andrew Johnson, Sales & Marketing Director of BBC Multimedia. “Its PlayStation 2 and PC editions proved to be a huge success at Christmas 2001, and we’re confident that that its work on Robot Wars 2 will help us achieve continued success over the coming year.

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